Quilt and craft extravaganza in Maryborough

THESE chilly nights are perfect for snuggling under the exquisite patchwork quilt being given away at the Heritage City Quilt and Craft Extravaganza on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21.

Created and donated by Leanne Greenhalgh of Patchwork on Pallas, the machine embroidered and quilted work of art will take centre stage at the Maryborough Town Hall over the two-day charity event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise.

Rotary president Robyn Dowling said Ms Greenhalgh had generously donated the valuable quilt to help raise money for local projects such as providing dolls for dementia care and books for children in need.quilt

“Timber City Motors has kindly donated a car service worth $250 for another raffle winner plus everyone who visits the quilt show that’s aimed at inspiring people to create quilts and crafts will also be supporting local charities with their entry fees,” Mrs Dowling said.

Ms Greenhalgh said she pieced together and machine stitched the quilt in her spare time over about a month. Condensed, the hours would equal a full working week.

“This quilt is a new design by Tracey Sims, a designer from Brisbane who visits my shop annually. She first came here to take a folk art class when I opened 13 years ago,” Ms Greenhalgh said.

“Tracey now digitises her paintings and converts them into machine embroidery designs. Her quilts, embroideries and artwork have been featured in many publications in Australia, USA and the UK.

“This quilt is my interpretation of a design from Tracey’s new book titled Botanical Blues.

“It’s quite valuable and would retail for at least $1500. There’s over $400 worth of thread in it alone and to have this amount of quilting done, you’d pay about $450.”

Ms Greenhalgh said her students had been using the quilt for inspiration to create their own designs in time for the Heritage City Quilt and Craft Extravaganza.

“I’ve asked them to showcase their best quilts made this year in the quilt challenge.

“Their quilts will be displayed over the two days and viewers will be able to vote for their favourite quilt in the Viewers’ Choice award. The quilter with the most votes will win a $250 voucher donated by VanCootens Howard Drapery.

“At 1.15pm on the Saturday, ladies from the Patchwork on Pallas Social Group will hold a Show and Tell hoping to inspire others.”

Demonstrations throughout the weekend also include Accuquilt Go Cutter, English Paper Piecing, Machine Quilting, Design Transferring and Machine Embroidery. There will also be patchwork, crafts and scrapbooks stalls, a garage sale area and cake decorating demonstrations.

What:             Heritage City Quilt & Craft Extravaganza
Where:            Maryborough Town Hall
When:             9am to 4pm Saturday June 20; 9am to 3pm Sunday June 21
Cost:               $5; discount for groups; proceeds go to charity


Caption: Leanne Greenhalgh shows the Botanical Blues Quilt someone will win at the Heritage City Quilt and Craft Extravaganza.

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